The Holi of my imaginations,

holi, nandgaon, srivatsan sankaran

The word “Holi” creates vivid imagery in our minds. Especially if you are a Bengali who has grown up listening to either Ranga Hashi Rashi Rashi, Oshoke Polashe, Ranga nesha… or Khelbo Holi Rong Debo na, Tai kokhono hoye? And must have once definitely giggled while playing Holi with a select few friends or perhaps a cousin when they come […]

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The thrill that Himalayan Drive 5 is!

Himalayan Drive 5

  The sun refused to set as the dense fog enveloped the mountain. The driver drove past the road beside the tea gardens, miles along the twisted narrow lanes and hair pin turns. Tired but equally thrilled, I kept looking at the cars as they “navigated” their way through during the Himalayan Drive 5.     Picture this – the […]

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7 Reasons why you should travel young!

why travel solo

I’m now friends with a lot of young people. 53% of my FB page followers, 45% of my Instagram followers, 60% of last-4-months-blog readership are below 24 years of age from primarily Kolkata and Delhi. This article is dedicated to them.     Most of us, young city-bred travelers have grown up racing with the other rats. We often fail […]

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Experience at the Naropa Festival 2016

Naropa Palace, Naropa festival

Blogging about culture gives me enough opportunity to read, experience and learn. After I photographed the Chham dance in Sikkim, Buddhism has gradually formed a major aspect of my life and travel. I’ve always looked forward to the kindness in the conversation with the Lamas; have even picked up a thought or two from them. It is my privilege to […]

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St. Teresa of Calcutta – Places to see in a day’s trip

St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Teresa, Calcutta, places to see in Kolkata, Kolkata Mother Teresa, Mother teresa places to see

Even after the Sainthood, I’m sure she would still be more popular as “Mother” Teresa for her immense contribution to the needy in this part of the nation. Mother Teresa of Calcutta would remain an inspiration for millions who wishes to serve the society and the downtrodden. Her service in the Hindu land resonates heavily with Ramakrishna’s “Serving the mankind is […]

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Bangkok: Solo travelling.

  Kolkata and Bangkok: It has been slightly more than a couple of months I’ve come back from Bangkok and I’ll be honest, I miss Bangkok. Kolkata and Bangkok, each has its own charm. The easiest way to state this fact: The oldest university in that region is younger to Kolkata. Both have metro trains and waterways, Bangkok has better […]

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Darjeeling, Monsoons and 6 years in between

The sheer joy of walking down the road when the drizzle drops descend, floating down often carried away by the strong winds, is still the same. Darjeeling is a place of my many firsts – my first understanding of love, of life and the first puff of a cigarette. When I was discovering a newer me in college, Darjeeling was my […]

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Bangkok: New People and First Perceptions

Bangkok, a city slightly more than high-rises, busy corporate life, go-go bars and active night life has been my home for the last one week. It would be unfair to the city and it’s people if I don’t acknowledge the beautiful skyline, the culture , the food and of course the super fast life that mesmerised me in the few […]

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